Onteora board chooses grade clustering, keeps Phoenicia open

By a six-to-one vote, the Onteora Central School District Board of Education chose Model three or the Bookends plan, the sole proposal of three options it was considering that would keep Phoenicia Elementary School open. Beginning in September 2012, the new school year will have Woodstock and Phoenicia schools housing Kindergarten-through-grade-three, while Bennett Elementary will host grades four-through-six. Currently, all three elementary schools house Kindergarten through grade six.

At the February 28 special meeting in the High School Auditorium, trustee Dan Spencer was the sole “nay” vote, instead favoring the model that would . . .

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